Ahmedabad: A retired customs officer, accused
of providing guerrilla warfare training to Maoists, was
arrested, police said Saturday.
A special team constituted by Surat and Navsari district
police to investigate Naxal-related activities in south
Gujarat arrested the retired customs officer Vishwanath
Vardharajan Iyer last week, taking the total arrests of such
activists to 10, Surat police said.
Police alleged Iyer is among those who provided guerrilla
warfare training to some Naxals from Gujarat in the jungles of
Kerala in 2000.
Iyer is believed to be one of the central committee
members of CPI(Maoist) organisation.
Investigation revealed Iyer, who belongs to
Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu, took voluntary retirement from
the Customs Department in 1988 in Nagpur where he was last
So far, the Special Team formed by the Surat police to
probe Naxal links has arrested ten people including Iyer. His
arrest follows questioning of those arrested earlier.
Police said search was on for 5-6 persons whose names had cropped up during investigation.
The team had recently brought Prabahkar Surya Dewra,
arrested by Maharashtra police for his alleged Naxal links, to
Surat for questioning.